Excursions

Hot Air Baloon Safaris

Experience the magic of lighter-than-air flight near the foot of the Drakensberg Escarpment. A one-hour long flights offers beautiful scenic views over the Blyde River and other terrain of farmland, private nature reserves and wildlife estates.

The mountains to the South and West provide shelter from the prevailing winds, thereby affording good flying weather on most days. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you're lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Most flights will offer the chance to spot plains game like giraffe and wildebeest but this cannot be guaranteed.

Estimated time 3,5 hours
Very early morning excursion
Weather dependent

Blyde Canyon Boat Cruise

Enjoy the splendour of the third largest Canyon in the world. Unquestionably being the largest 'green canyon' due to its lush subtropical foliage. A tour guide will take you to the rare living Kadishi Tufa waterfall – the second tallest tufa waterfall on earth and the Three Rondavels. An abundance of wildlife will keep you distracted while learning more about the natural history of the Blyde Canyon

Estimated time 3,5 hours
Mid morning or late afternoon

Panorama Route

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Abel Erasmus Pass, Graskop, God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes, Three Rondawels and other Panorama route attractions. Time is allowed to shop for curios at various excellent shops and local craft vendors along the way. This is one of the most scenic routes in the region. Return at approx. 17h00. Lunch is not included in the rate. Usual pick up time is around 09h00, but alternative pick up times can be arranged to suit guests needs.

Estimated time 8 hours

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre

Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre is known for its efforts in nursing sick, injured or poisoned animals back to health and releasing them again into their original habitat. However Moholoholo is often faced with the difficult decision of what to do with an injured or poisoned animal which will not be able to be released back into the wild. As a result, they have a number of ‘permanent residents’ that reside at the center and are used as ‘ambassadors’ for their species.

Guests are therefore able to get an ‘up close and personal’ experience of these incredible creatures, while having the opportunity to practically demonstrate the problems and the challenges associated with conservation and habitat protection.

Estimated time 3,5 hours
Mid morning or late afternoon

 

Hlokomela Community Project

Shumbalala supports The HLOKOMELA community project encompassing local initiatives to provide services to the local communities suchas a Crèche for Young Children, Hospice Haven, Children’s Toy Library, Herb Garden, Glass Recycling Plant, Wellness Clinic, and Bavarian
Sponsored Sewing Project.

Your visit will include the Herb Garden, the Toy Library and Crèche and the Glass Recycling Project. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the children and staff.

Estimated time 3 hours